Q+A with Ivanka Trump: Mom, Mogul, & Gilt’s Mother’s Day Guru

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In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked Ivanka Trump — the savvy businesswoman and mother of two — to share her secrets to juggling a booming career and little kids with such grace and style. “I am a serious scheduler, but I’m also a realist,” says the mother of Arabella, age two, and Joseph, age seven months. “You have to be able to roll with the punches when you have a lot going on.”  And while she says motherhood hasn’t changed her style, she now views it with a more practical eye: “I have to find an outfit that will transition with me, no matter what may come up that day,” she says. Read on for more, then shop the two sales Ivanka curated exclusively for Gilt — her chic picks for kids (inspired by her tiny trendsetters) and her picks for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Little Inspirations: Talk about a mom who does it all–you have a serious career, jewelry, shoes, handbags, two adorable kids–what is your secret to juggling? Are you a serious scheduler, or do you just roll with the punches?
Ivanka Trump: I am a serious scheduler, but I’m also a realist. You have to be able to roll with the punches when you have a lot going on. There are nights that I have to unexpectedly stay very late at the office to get a deal done and then there are days I have to cancel a meeting because one of the kids gets sick and needs me. I don’t beat myself up when real life happens. I try to focus on making sure I am doing what needs to get done and prioritizing effectively. And, I try to ensure that my priorities are in line with my values as a professional and as a wife and parent.

LI: What’s the key to being chic while chasing after two munchkins? Any particular pieces you wear over and over again to be comfy and look good?
IT: I wear Ivanka Trump shoes every day. They look great and I can actually walk in them. I run all over the City during the day and chase my 2-year old around at night, so I am on my feet all the time.

LI: How would you describe your personal style? Has motherhood changed it at all?
IT: My style is classic with a modern twist. Motherhood hasn’t changed my style, although I do often find myself being accessorized by Arabella a lot these days. So, if you see me wearing a hot pink bow in my hair, you’ll know why.

I dress the way most modern professional women do. I want to feel polished and chic but I have to find looks that allow me to transition seamlessly throughout the day among my roles of as an executive, mother and a wife. It’s just not practical or realistic anymore to be able to run home and change or bring an extra outfit to the office, so when I get dressed in the morning, I have to find an outfit that will transition with me, no matter what may come up that day.

LI: How would you describe your kids’ style? Do you dress Arabella like you dress yourself? Do you dress Joseph like Jared?
IT: Arabella has already developed her own sense of style, and that style is what I call “all things pink.” She is also a big fan of wearing princess costumes. I don’t dress her like me in general, but I just launched a line of children’s shoes, and she does like to wear those because it makes her feel like she’s wearing shoes like mine. She also loves to playing dress-up with my jewelry.  Joseph is still in onsies, so no, he isn’t dressing like Jared!

LI: What are some of your favorite labels for both yourself and your kids
IT: Like most women now, I mix highs and lows. For designer, I love Joseph Altuzarra, J Mendel, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Cèline, and Oscar de la Renta. They all know how to dress a woman and  makes her feel beautiful and polished. On the accessible front, I love Zara and River Island and of course, my own my line.

LI: Your own mom is so insanely stylish…what’s the best fashion advice she ever gave you? Do you think your love of fashion is partly due to her? Will you pass the same passion onto your daughter?
IT: My mother was definitely a role model for me as I was growing up and still is today. When I was young, she was very involved in our real estate business. She oversaw the restoration of The Plaza and she afterwards ran that hotel. Even though she was constantly on the go and extremely busy, she always looked amazing and carried herself with grace. My mother was definitely the fashion archetype of working women in the 80s: the power suit complete with synched waist and shoulder pads. Most young professional women dress differently today. We wear dresses, softer silhouettes, lots of color. It’s okay to be feminine in an office environment now. Who knows what women will be wearing 20 years from now when Arabella joins the workforce. My hope for her, whether she develops a love for fashion or not, is that she is confident, strong and carries herself with ease and confidence. Those qualities are what really makes a woman fashionable.

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3 Responses to Q+A with Ivanka Trump: Mom, Mogul, & Gilt’s Mother’s Day Guru

  1. Anonymous says:

    During my first year of graduate socohl studying child development I learned about many myths and realized how much misinformation is out there (and how much $$$ people spend believing them). The MOST important ingredient in the development of cognitive, social, and emotional development is face-to-face contact with a loving caregiver (more than one consistent, predictable caregiver is great). There’s nothing not a toy, socohl, or thing that delivers such a positive impact (which can be seen on the brain) as being held and nurtured by a loving parent (or parent figure).a0For the record, babies’ vision is poor in their first few months and they can only see a few inches enough to make out a face close-up (funny how nature made sure they know what’s important). Babies’ color vision is not well developed either. Decades ago when this knowledge got in the hands of capitalists it gave rise to the items still marketed today the high contrast designs such as b&w striped mobiles, patterns, etc. It’s fine to offer visual stimulation, which I’m sure Ivanka’s baby gets in books and toys. But it doesn’t make or break baby’s development to go without.a0(Healthy) Social interaction is the key to a growing brain and all areas of development, which include playing with the parent / caregiver. That’s why babies are so dependent on adults. Talking and laughing with baby, comforting baby, reading to baby is what adds up in brain cells, socialization competencies, and overall growth. Just google Harry Harlow’s monkeys ( contact comfort ).As for the baby’s room, it should only be associated with sleep, including the crib. Sleep specialists and child development experts agree on that. It prevents later sleep struggles and issues. Regular play needs to be outside the sleep zone for optimal sleep health, however I’m sure that’s not always possible for some families. But each family has their challenges, and in struggling economic times, giving a child a separate play area might be a low priority.There’s a ton of research supporting the above and more, but I’m not here to argue. People ultimately do what they want to do in spite of empirical data. After 20 years as a child therapist and parent educator, I’m finishing a PhD in child development and still surprised how resistant to data the myths of child development are, and how much they get perpetuated in our society. Before all the scientific research, parents did what their parents did or they followed the latest parenting trends (such as the cry it out method, which does more harm than good! But the author who led the way was convincing enough to steer a generation of parents down the wrong path). In the end, most of the time, following your instinct works better than following the misinformation out there.a0Congratulations to Ivanka and families for the addition of a healthy baby girl.

  2. Anonymous says:

    for being able to sleep by yourself by the time you are 10! What I have seen in my many years of child-rearing and grand-parenting, as well as being a ftoser-parent who really cared and had a nursery that supposedly fit the bill to a T for what was thought to be wonderful for kids, is that Kids today are over-stimulated by well-meaning parents and grandparents who are terrified their child might be average. Children actually love some tranquillity in these days of constant framming by TV shows even in their rooms, super stimulating color, toys, and going to classes from the time they are 10 months old. No wonder we see so much ADD and ADHD, Autism, and other issues with children. Parents are too busy, over-stimulating their kids to be sure they are smarter than the kid next door, and making certain they don’t fall behind by not being in sports from the age of 3. Ivanka is more right than you realize. And WHY do you criticize people just because they have money?? Good for them; work harder, choose a different field, whatever .but don’t just pee in their cheerios because they have more money than you do. We had 3 kids in 4 years, one an international adoption that meant we had $25 left in the world, and we could still paint our kids’ rooms every year, if we wanted to. We just planned for it, and we didn’t think we had to have a 5000sq. ft. house to raise 4 kids. If they can, good for them!

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